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16,000 cases of Chlamydia, Syphilis and HIV were reported in 2016 in Nevada.
Health officials are reporting a rise in STDs in Washoe County on the heels of a syphilis outbreak in Las Vegas. The rise in syphilis in Clark County has given Nevada the highest rate in the west.
In Washoe County, there’s been an increase in every STD across the board. Gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis have all been on the rise since 2009-2010, but it’s gonorrhea that’s seen the most drastic spike. Since 2013, the number of cases has risen by about 40%. Lisa Lottritz, who is the Public Health Nurse Supervisor at the Washoe County Health District, says that because there’s been a general increase in STDs, the number of cases of HIV has gone up as well.
“When you are exposed to an STD, you increase your risk of being exposed to HIV by 3 to 5 times,” she says.
The recent rise in STDs is being linked to more testing, less consistent use of condoms and dating apps. Some experts are blaming apps like Grindr and Tinder in particular because they can be used to find a quick and easy hook-up. Lottritz says that having sex with random partners can create problems if someone contracts a disease and doesn’t know much about their partner. “When we go to do a contact investigation, we’re lucky if we can get a screen name for that person, and it’s difficult to contact them. Then, we can’t get them in, test them, and treat them,” she says.
Health officials urge everyone to always use a latex condom during any form of intercourse, notify any past partners immediately if you test positive for an STD, and make sure your partner is tested and treated before engaging in sexual activity.
Private Testing Center aims to make testing for STDs affordable, easy and discreet. We maintain over 2,000 locations across the United States, including 5 locations within a 50 mile radius of Reno, NV. Same Day appointments are usually available, and the test itself is over and done in 15 minutes.
You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to get tested for HIV and STDs. Most STDs are treatable and many are curable. Don’t take the chance of leaving them undiagnosed and untreated. Schedule a test with us today.
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In one study, they examined 1,000 adolescents and found that 1 in 4 of them had at least 1 common STD, and 15% were infected with more then one. Most participants in the study showed no symptoms and didn’t even realize they were infected. Even among people who only had one partner in their lifetimes, 1 in 5 still had an STD — but of those with three or more partners, 50% had an STD.